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New Reviews in The Review of Biblical Literature – 7 May 2008

Posted by NT Wrong on May 8, 2008

There’s some interesting reviews in the latest Review of Biblical Literature:

April D. DeConick, The Original Gospel of Thomas in Translation: With a Commentary and New English Translation of the Complete Gospel (2006)

A “rich yet concise” commentary on the early Christian Gospel of Thomas. The book is a “sister volume” to Recovering the Original Gospel of Thomas (2005).

Sarah Malena and David Miano, editors, Milk and Honey: Essays on Ancient Israel and the Bible in Appreciation of the Judaic Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego (2007)

Wolfgang Zwickel uses his review to lament der garstige breite Graben between European (especially German) scholarship and Anglo-American scholarship.

Todd Penner and Caroline Vander Stichele, editors, Moving Beyond New Testament Theology?: Essays in Conversation with Heikki Räisänen (2005)

Wolfgand Stegemann’s piece in this collection is worth a comment. From the review, Stegemann appears to comment on the ‘religious studies’ as opposed to the “theological” approach to the history of religion. Stegemann apparently notes that theological approaches are criticised as being less neutral and less objective than ‘religious studies’ approaches. Instead of addessing this particular bias, you will never guess what Stegemann does. You guessed it … the tu quoque argument: “Sure we’re biased, but so are you, too.” At the risk of alarming any remaining relativists out there – don’t you think that if you’re aware of your bias (e.g. theological), it might be an idea to attempt to eliminate it, rather than exult in it? Just a thought.

Michael Thomas Davis and Brent A. Strawn, editors, Qumran Studies: New Approaches, New Questions (2007)

Looks like a fairly interesting collection. The reviewer, Heinz-Josef Fabry laments der garstige breite Graben between European (especially German) scholarship and Anglo-American scholarship.

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